Courses - Spring 2022

BIOEE 1130 The Art and Science of Birds

Art and science have always been fundamentally linked. Before the invention of photography, illustration was the main documentation tool in science; even now, artistic representations are used to communicate important scientific discoveries. In this course students learn the basics of bird anatomy in tandem with sketching techniques to foster an appreciation of how science and art can reinforce each other in enriching one's life and study. Led by the staff biological illustrator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, students begin with the fundamentals of observational drawing to improve accuracy before moving onto watercolors. Interwoven into art lessons are scientific lectures produced by Cornell ornithologists, blending art with current science to cover a range of interconnected topics. No prior bird knowledge or art experience is required or expected.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jillian Ditner (jd958)
Irby Lovette (ijl2)
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BIOEE 1610 Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment

This course provides an introduction to ecology, covering interactions between organisms and the environment at scales of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Ecological principles are used to explore the theory and applications of major issues facing humanity in the 21st century, including population dynamics, disease ecology, biodiversity and invasive species, global change, and other topics of environmental sustainability.

Distribution: (BIO-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robert Howarth (rwh2)
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BIOEE 1640 FWS: Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The First-Year Writing Seminar provides the opportunity to write extensively about issues related to ecology and evolutionary biology. Topics vary by section.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Heath Cook (hsc47)
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BIOEE 1780 An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity

Considers explanations for pattern of diversity and the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the diversity of life, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, origin of humans.

Distribution: (BIO-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Moeller (ahm226)
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BIOEE 1781 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

Considers explanations for pattern of diversity and the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the diversity of life, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, origin of humans.

Distribution: (BIO-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Lina Arcila Hernandez (lma84)
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BIOEE 2001 Bringing Specimens to Life: Using Natural History Collections to Engage Communities in Sci Outreach

This course has three broad themes centered on natural history collections: 1) understanding the values and perceived controversies of scientific collections, 2) learning diverse methods of specimen collection and preparation, and 3) making specimens accessible to the public through outreach with community partners. Students will be introduced to all four vertebrate collections housed at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) and discuss the ethical dilemmas inextricably connecting to scientific collecting. Students will participate in a 1-week collecting trip over spring break, where they learn diverse techniques of specimen collecting and preparation. Finally, students will work with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and/or the Cayuga Nature Center in creative ways that ultimately inform the public about the value of natural history collections.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Casey Dillman (cbd63)
Vanya Rohwer (vgr7)
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BIOEE 2527 Neotropical Wildlife Biology

This on-campus and international field course combination provides participating students with a broad introduction to the research process in field ecology, with literature and hands-on examples drawn from the fauna and flora of coastal Patagonia (Argentina), an area that provides us with unprecedented access to both marine and terrestrial wildlife as well as exposure to conservation challenges and success stories. The course begins in the latter part of the Fall semester (BIOEE 2525) when it meets twice weekly for seven weeks, largely to discuss relevant papers from the scientific literature with an emphasis on best practices in designing field studies to address questions in Neotropical ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology. During the 2+ week field component in January (BIOEE 2526), students travel among field sites in Patagonia and put this knowledge to work in an experiential context by designing and implementing a series of research projects, including numerous short 'blitz' projects and several longer, more intensive independent projects; many of these field studies involve close-hand observations of marine mammals, penguins, or other seabirds. This course (BIOEE 2527) is focused on building skills in data analysis and scientific writing, based on the data collected in the field by each student.

Distribution: (BIO-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Leonardo Campagna (lc736)
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BIOEE 2740 The Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Paleontology, and Evolution

Introductory course in vertebrate organismal biology that explores the anatomy and function of vertebrates with an emphasis on vertebrate evolution. Lectures cover topics such as the origin, anatomy, physiology, paleontology, and evolution of various vertebrate groups, with a focus on organ systems (such as the nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems), life history, locomotion, behavior, and conservation.  This course prepares students for advanced courses on the biology of fishes, amphibians and reptiles, birds, and mammals; pre-vet and pre-med students benefit from its comparative anatomical approach to understanding the organization of the vertebrate body.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Willy Bemis (web24)
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BIOEE 3690 Chemical Ecology

Why are chilies so spicy? This course examines the chemical basis of interactions between species and is intended for students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. Focuses on the ecology and chemistry of plants, animals, and microbes. Stresses chemical signals used in diverse ecosystems, using Darwinian natural selection as a framework. Topics include: plant defenses, microbial warfare, communication in marine organisms, and human pheromones.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Georg Jander (gj32)
Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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BIOEE 3780 Digital Morphology through CT

This course is an introduction to CT visualization for its applications in comparative biology of the vertebrates. Students will learn and practice the exploration of vertebrate anatomy with OSIRIX 3-D visualization software or its future replacement; work on student-designed projects and/or a large survey of the vertebrates based on CT scans from specimens in the Cornell museum as well as the Smithsonian and other museums around the world.           

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Willy Bemis (web24)
Casey Dillman (cbd63)
Teresa Porri (tp252)
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BIOEE 4460 Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Lecture

How do plants respond to antagonists, such as herbivores and pathogens? What are the checks and balances that keep mutualist organisms in their tight interactions? How are symbioses organized on molecular, metabolic and ecological levels? What are the molecular, plant hormonal, and metabolic mechanisms mediating plant biotic interactions with other organisms? What ecological and evolutionary consequences do these interactions have for the fitness of the plants and their interactors? This course provides an overview of plants' myriad interactions with antagonists and mutualists, from microbes to multicellular organisms, and explains the underlying ecological and evolutionary concepts. It gives an introduction to the study of induced plant responses in the light of a behavioral biology framework.            

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS, SDS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
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BIOEE 4690 Food, Agriculture, and Society

Multidisciplinary course dealing with the social and environmental impact of food production in the United States and developing countries. Agroecosystems of various kinds are analyzed from biological, economic, and social perspectives. The impacts of traditional, conventional, and alternative agricultural technologies are critically examined in the context of developed and developing economies. Specific topics include biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture, transgenic crops, biofuels, urban agriculture, and sustainable development.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alison Power (agp4)
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BIOEE 4750 Ornithology, Lectures

This course covers many aspects of avian biology, including ecology, behavior, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and conservation. This is an active learning-style offering in which students complete pre-class work through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bird Academy online learning platform, and then engage in interactive activities and exercises during class periods. BIOEE 4750 may be taken alone, or students can choose to enroll simultaneously in the associated laboratory classes, BIOEE 4751.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Irby Lovette (ijl2)
Jen Walsh-Emond (jlw395)
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BIOEE 4790 Paleobiology

Surveys the major groups of invertebrate organisms and their evolutionary histories, and the theoretical and practical principles of paleontology, from biostratigraphy to macroevolution. Intended to fill out the biological backgrounds of Earth and atmospheric science students concerning the nature and significance of the fossil record for their respective studies, and the paleontological backgrounds of biology students interested in ecology and evolution.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Warren Allmon (wda1)
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BIOEE 4940 Special Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The department offers "trial" courses or seminars under this number. Offerings vary by semester. The same course is not to be offered more than twice under this number. For 2021-2022 descriptions, please go to the department website.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Megan Greischar (mag469)
Courtney Murdock (ccm256)
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BIOEE 6602 Graduate Field Course in Ecology

Designed to give graduate students experience in defining questions and designing field investigations. The course is based at the Archbold Biological Station in central Florida over spring break and during the following week. The class visits several ecosystems including sand pine scrub, cattle ranches, cypress swamps, and the Everglades.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Jed Sparks (jps66)
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BIOEE 6680 Principles of Biogeochemistry

Lectures cover the biotic controls on the chemistry of the environment and the chemical control of ecosystem function. Emphasis is on cycles of major elements and minor elements globally and in selected ecosystems, stressing the coupling of element cycles. A comparative approach is used to illustrate similarities and differences in element cycling among ecosystems. Analysis of both theoretical and applied issues, including global atmospheric changes and factors controlling the acidification of lakes and soils.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Meredith Holgerson (mah543)
Robert Howarth (rwh2)
Jed Sparks (jps66)
Xiangtao Xu (xx286)
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BIOEE 6900 Seminar in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

Graduate-level discussion of the ecology, epidemiology, genetics, and evolution of infectious disease in animal and plant systems. Weekly discussion of research papers published in the primary scientific literature. Participation in discussion and presentation of at least one paper required for course credit.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Megan Greischar (mag469)
Courtney Murdock (ccm256)
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BIOEE 7600 Special Topics in Evolution and Ecology

Independent or group-intensive study of special topics of current interest. Content varies each semester.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Stephen Ellner (spe2)
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BIOEE 7640 Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar

Group intensive study of current research in plant-insect interactions. Topics vary from semester to semester but include chemical defense, coevolution, insect community structure, population regulation, biocontrol, tritrophic interactions, and mutualism.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Anurag Agrawal (aa337)
Andre Kessler (ak357)
Katja Poveda (kap235)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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BIOEE 9990 Ph.D. Dissertation Research

Dissertation research conducted by a Ph.D. student in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology with advice and consultation of a major professor who is a member of the field.

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